In April, a randomly selected player in Major League Baseball will roll up his sleeves and become the first athlete in the four major North American sports to take a test for human growth hormone during a season.
"This is a very proud day for baseball," commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday, in announcing MLB's revised drug-testing policy at the owners' meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
The in-season tests was approved by the players association.
The announcement came a day after steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa failed to gain election to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Commenting on the timing, Selig noted the drug program changes had long been in the works "but it wasn't too bad, was it?"
The revised policy includes a more rigorous protocol for detecting synthetic testosterone.
Melky Cabrera of the Giants and Bartolo Colon of the A's served 50-game testosterone suspensions last season.
MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred said players would be randomly selected for HGH tests at least once every season -- with no limit -- but not during the postseason. Craig Biggio thinks he might have been bypassed for the Hall of Fame because he was on the ballot for the first time with several stars linked to performance-enhancing drugs. He appeared on 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots Wednesday -- 39 votes shy.
Biggio also said if he had a vote he'd have check-marked both Bonds and Clemens. "Barry Bonds was the greatest hitter that I've ever played against ... and Roger was one of the greatest pitchers of all time," he said. Arizona right fielder Justin Upton vetoed a trade to Seattle. Upton's contract gave him the power to turn down a trade to a short list of cities, Seattle included. The Diamondbacks have a glut of outfielders and Upton is by far the most marketable. His rejection of the trade first was reported by FoxSports.com, which said the Mariners offered relievers Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor, infield prospect Nick Franklin, and one of three pitching prospects; James Paxton, Danny Hultzen or Taijuan Walker. Right-hander reliever Chris Resop agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year deal with the A's, avoiding arbitration. Resop was acquired in a Nov. 30 trade with Pittsburgh. He was 1-4 with one save and a 3.91 ERA with the Pirates last season.
Jerry Sandusky emerged from prison to attend a hearing 200 miles away at which his lawyers argued he deserves a new trial on child molestation charges because they didn't have enough time to prepare for the first one.
The former Penn State assistant coach played no active role in the proceedings in Bellfonte, Pa. Judge John Cleland didn't indicate when he might rule. Linebacker Tom Wort will skip his senior season at Oklahoma and enter the NFL draft. Running back Joseph Randle, the Big 12's leading rusher in 2012, plans to skip his senior season at Oklahoma State and enter the NFL draft. Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins is heading to the NFL and skipping his final season of college. He had 82 catches for 1,405 yards last season.
Scott Langley shot an 8-under 62 in his rookie debut on the PGA Tour, giving him a one-stroke lead over Russell Henley in the first round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Langley played bogey-free in a steady wind -- nowhere near the gusts of Kapalua last week. Scott Piercy and Tim Clark had 64s. Dustin Johnson, who won at Kapalua, finished with two bogeys for a 70. Danica Patrick says she doesn't plan to race in this year's Indianapolis 500 because she wants to concentrate on her first full-time season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series. She skipped the Indy 500 last year, instead running in the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Mo., will play host to the July 31 All-Star game between MLS All-Stars and an international club still to be determined. Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams are in the same half of the draw at the Australian Open, setting up the possibility of a semifinal match between the defending champion and title favorite. Novak Djokovic's bid for a third straight Australia Open title got a boost when Roger Federer and Andy Murray both landed in the other half of the men's draw. The tournament begins in Melbourne on Monday (Australia time).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.